Posts Tagged ‘Baseball Season’

Phillies Road Trips to Boston, New York and Chicago

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, April 15, 2013 02:08 PM Comments: 0

2013 Phillies Nation road trips

The 2013 baseball season is upon us and now is the time to make plans to follow your Phillies on the road with us. For the third straight year, we are partnering with our friends at Phils Fever to bring you some amazing trips in great locations around the country.

Memorial Day at Fenway Park, Boston
Saturday, May 25 to Tuesday, May 28

For the opening leg of a very strange baseball “home and home,” we find ourselves heading to Boston for a two day series on Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of this year. The Boston Park Plaza is once again playing host to us and has given us the ability to do 2 or 3 night trips over any days you would like to travel. Thus, we are not going to include any transportation costs in this trip. You will tailgate and party at the Cask ‘n Flagon, a staple watering hole on Brookline Ave. and a mere 50 feet to the corner right field entrance into Fenway. Our tickets for the Monday, Memorial Day game will be in the outfield bleachers. If you’ve never seen baseball at the historic Fenway Park, now is the time.

Read more about the 2 and 3 night packages starting at just $265, not including transportation to Boston >>

Bus trip to Citi Field, New York City
Saturday, July 20

Our New York trip features charter bus service to and from Citi Field with tickets in the outfield bleachers for the 1:10 pm Phillies-Mets game on July 20. As you know, the area around the ballpark is not very conducive to tailgating, so we’re partying at McFadden’s in Citi Field with all the carved top round, roast pork, buffalo wings, pasta salad, cole slaw, green salad, soft pretzels, soda and domestic beers you can handle. If you haven’t been up to the new field yet, now is the time to see the Phils stomp on the Mets.

Tickets for the Citi Field bus trip are $145, get them here >>

Chicago: Phillies at Wrigley and Temple Football at Notre Dame
Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2


It doesn’t get much better than this! Under the package we have set up, you will go to TWO sacred grounds this weekend. We start with a great Friday night bar crawl on State and Division Streets with our good friends at McFadden’s, Finn McCool’s, and end at Shenanigan’s. There will be no cover and great drink specials for all!

Upon waking Saturday morning, you will take a charter bus to South Bend, Indiana, where you will watch the Temple Owls take on BCS runner-up, Notre Dame Fighting Irish! This is the first time these two schools have ever met on the gridiron. We will have a full tailgate there and you will enjoy that which many people have never seen, a Philadelphia football team playing in South Bend!

Sunday we will head to Wrigleyville for a private bar at Murphy’s Bleachers where your beer and well drinks will be covered for two-hours. With 1 hour to go before the first pitch, we will head to 1032 Loveland for famous rooftop seats (not looking directly into the sun) where all of your food, beer, wine, and tips are included until 30 minutes after the Phillies-Cubs game!

Read about all the fun details of this amazing Philly sports package in Chicago >>

See you on the road!


Going the Long Reliever Route on a Horst with No Name?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, April 10, 2013 05:00 PM Comments: 1

Horst has earned an opportunity to pitch in the seventh and eighth innings of close games, says Ian. Photo: AP

On the first part of the journey,
I was looking at all the life.
There were plants and birds. and rocks and things,
There was sand and hills and rings.

Horse With No Name, America (1972)

While many confused America’s 1972 number-one hit about a desert journey about a run in with elicit drugs, America maintains that the song was a rather-literal composite of a hypothetical journey. The open lines of the song always remind me of the beginning of the baseball season – plants blooming, birds chirping, sandy baseball fields, and runners running rings around the diamond. Continue reading Going the Long Reliever Route on a Horst with No Name?


2013 Phillies Road Trips

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, February 12, 2013 10:30 AM Comments: 3

2013 Phillies Nation road trips

The 2013 baseball season is upon us and now is the time to make plans to follow your Phillies on the road with us. For the third straight year, we are partnering with our friends at Phils Fever to bring you some amazing trips in great locations around the country.

Like every year, the road trip season starts in Clearwater with Spring Training and this year it will conclude with a Phillies in Wrigley / Temple football at Notre Dame super-trip – with plenty of fun in between. You can find information on the six trips that are currently available below. Plans for the Washington, DC trips are still being finalized, so they are not available yet, but will be soon. There are 3 trips coming up quickly in March and April, so email some friends now and start booking your spots before we sell out!

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Phillies Nation TV: 2012 Wrap Up

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, October 09, 2012 12:29 PM Comments: 4

On our final edition of Phillies Nation TV for the 2012 baseball season, Corey and I discuss the year and how it ended up the way it did. We go through the whole roster; from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley missing the beginning of the season, all the way down to Jeremy Horst and the bullpen.

The free agent market for the outfield and third base is not great, so we talk about the names and who is a reality for the Phillies.

We also answer a few reader comments and questions about the team.

Thanks for watching all season! Enjoy, and we’ll see you during the Winter Meetings.


New Arizona Fall League Season Kicks Off

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, October 09, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 1

Tuesday marks the beginning of another baseball season…the Arizona Fall League season.  This year, as the league celebrates its 20th anniversary, representatives from the Phillies organization will team with players from the Reds, Padres, Twins and Mariners to make up the Poeria Javelinas roster.

Led by 2012 Double-A Reading Phillies manager Dusty Wathan, the club will feature seven Phils minor leaguers.  Righty relievers Kyle Simon, Tyler Knigge and Colby Shreve, who each manned a key bullpen role for the R-Phils into the playoffs this season, will solidify Peoria’s relief corp.  Left-hander Jay Johnson will also be serving as a reliever for the team.  Additionally, catcher Tommy Joseph, who was acquired by the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade this year, will see considerable playing time.  Third baseman Cody Asche, who made an impact at two levels in 2012, his first full year of professional baseball, is also on the roster along with outfielder Zach Collier, who was the Phils’ supplementary 1st round draft choice in 2008.

Simon, a 22-year-old, was acquired from Baltimore in the Jim Thome trade this year, posted excellent numbers after joining the Phils system.  In 20 contests, the University of Arizona product posted a 4-0 record with a 1.36 ERA while striking out 35 batters and walking just six in 39 2/3 innings.  Simon was the Orioles’ 4th round draft pick in 2011. Continue reading New Arizona Fall League Season Kicks Off


Assessing the Moves Amaro Didn’t Make

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 05, 2012 01:30 PM Comments: 8

I love trade talk and speculation. My favorite point of the baseball season has been the run-up to the trade deadline and, for Phillies fans, it has been amongst the most exciting in recent years. Ryan and Corey have drawn their lines in the sand about where to stand with Cole Hamels: Corey says it’s imperative to trade Hamels, Ryan to stand pat. Either way, I love reading the rumors and speculative Tweets.

Whatever Ruben Amaro Jr. does with Hamels, he has made a number of moves specifically geared for 2012 and publicly avoided others. As we approach the midway point of the season, let’s take a look at some moves that Amaro did not make and whether he made the right call or the wrong call.

Keeping Jim Thome

Jim Thome

The Thome Experiment

This is a small scale version of the Cole Hamels dilemma but this one was a little bit easier to tackle. Thome had hit 5 HRs with a .242/.338/.516 triple-slash in 71 PA for the Phillies in a part-time role but was blocked at first by John Mayberry Jr., Ty Wigginton, and the eventual returns of Laynce Nix and Ryan Howard. With nowhere to play, the decision to trade Thome was rather easy. What was surprising is the level of prospect Amaro got in return. For Thome, the Phillies received Kyle Simon, a 21-year-old 6’5″ righty who will likely be organizational depth at Lakewood and Reading in 2012 with a low-ceiling, and also Gabriel Lino, a high-ceiling, high-reward righty catcher who just turned 19 in May.

Lino reported to Single-A Clearwater after the trade and is in just his third season in professional baseball. Mike Newman of FanGraphs notes Lino is playing at an advanced level for his age and is among “the top-5 catching prospects (Newman has) scouted in person in terms of talent and ceiling.”  The grade on this one is easy. Verdict: Right Move

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Gameday: Phillies (31-37) vs Rockies (25-40)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Tue, June 19, 2012 06:10 PM Comments: 6

Philadelphia Phillies (31-37) vs. Colorado Rockies (25-40)

Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34) vs. Josh Outman (0-2, 8.44)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 79, partly cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

Updates: Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance… Ruben Amaro Jr. stated that David Herndon has visited with Dr. James Andrews and there’s a “strong possibility” he’ll require Tommy John Surgery… Michael Stutes may undergo exploratory surgery on his right shoulder after not progressing the way the Phillies would have liked… Laynce Nix suffered a setback in his recovery when he felt a pull in his injured calf while running the bases.


During the ebbs and flows of every baseball season, each team reaches a defining moment in which they’re struggling. The good teams battle back, finding a way to turn things around; the bad ones slip further into the abyss that eventually morphs into meaningless baseball over the final weeks of the season. The Phillies seemed to reach a defining moment  on Sunday, after they were swept out of Toronto by the Blue Jays. Now, they can either fight back and begin to make some headway in the standings, or they can continue their recent skid, and watch as a season that once held promise turns into a death march through the dog days of summer. We’ll begin to see just what the Phillies mettle is made of tonight when they begin a ten-game home stand against the Colorado Rockies with Cole Hamels on the mound.

The last few starts have not been friendly to Hamels. Since June 1st, he’s gone 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Teams have hit .281 against him in that span. If the Phillies are going to turn it around, it should start tonight with Hamels facing a much maligned Rockies lineup. Though his career numbers against Colorado aren’t great (1-1, 5.09), there’s really no excuse for Hamels to lay an egg tonight. He’s a bona fide ace, and the Phillies need him to pitch like one.

On the bump for the Rockies is former Phillies farmhand Josh Outman. Despite his suggestive moniker, Josh has gotten many men out in his first three starts, as his 7.94 ERA in games started suggests. In his lone start against the Phillies, Outman allowed three runs over six innings of work.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Victorino CF, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Martinez 2B, Hamels P

Your Gameday Beer- Saranac Hefeweizen Wheat Ale

In typical Saranac fashion, this brew features a wide array of tastes for your palette. Because it’s a wheat ale, the taste is particularly hoppy, with a slight bitterness.   It’s light-bodied and a very drinkable beer. Have it with a roast beef sandwich and some veggies. – By RD

Go Phillies!


Week In Review – Panic Sets In

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 22, 2012 09:00 PM Comments: 29

Panic is setting in.  I mean, how could it not?  The Phillies are only 16 games into the season but however you look at it, .500 ball is not winning anything.  The pitching, per usual, has upheld their part of this baseball bargain but the offense has failed to cash in any of their chips this season.

Like I said it is still early, and baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint.  There is plenty of time left for the Phillies to figure this whole thing out.  And my guess is that they will.


Offensive Woes The Phillies as a team have hit seven home runs this season.  For the month of April last season the Phillies had hit 23 homers, well off the pace of this year.   Matt Kemp of the Dodgers already has hit 8 home runs himself.  Combined with Andre Ethier, the two have 43 RBIs.  The Phillies have only managed 42 runs total this year.

At the forefront of these offensive struggles are the injuries of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.  How close are they to returning? And is the season still salvageable once they do get healthy?

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NL East Storylines Heading to Spring Training

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, February 15, 2012 01:30 PM Comments: 16

Just three days, count ‘em – three, until Spring Training begins for the Phillies. All over Florida and Arizona, teams will begin filing in for the extended beginning of the baseball season. It’s nice to know we’re so close to having baseball in our lives for the next seven or eight months.

If you’ve been keeping track – and I’m sure you have – you know the rest of the NL East has undergone a transformation. Each team has done something to try and dethrone the Phillies from their perch atop the division. Below, we look at some things to watch for when Spring Training opens.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: Can Juan Pierre win a spot on the roster?

We know what Jonathan Papelbon is capable of. He’s been in the league forever and is one of the best at his position. It’s a foregone conclusion he will make a difference. Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, Jim Thome; they all figure to get steady playing time. Dontrelle Willis is an interesting subject, but he seems to have solid chance at a late-inning bullpen role. That basically leaves one spot remaining on the roster.

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Dr. Strangeglove: The Ballad of Scott Mathieson

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, December 03, 2011 07:30 AM Comments: 9

From 2005 to 2008, I probably paid less attention to to the day-to-day operations of the Phillies than at any other time, owing mostly to spending more than half of the baseball season living in a place where there was no local MLB broadcast among people who considered baseball season as nothing other than that awkward time between when the Gamecocks lose to Clemson and when the Gamecocks lose to Georgia. Thankfully, that second modifier no longer holds true. Eat me, Dabo Swinney. Of course, by “paid less attention” I mean “checked the standings online every day rather than spending every spare moment imagining a Hamels-and-Howard for Cain-and-Belt trade.”

Anyway, because I wasn’t watching as much baseball back then, Scott Mathieson was this mystical figure to me. He was some dude who showed up in the rotation in mid-2006 and totally sucked, not to put too fine a point on it, then got hurt and seemingly disappeared back into the woods of British Columbia like Sasquatch evading an enterprising photographer. I always liked him, because as a young guy who threw hard, he conceivably had some value to the Phillies. Also, because of my well-documented and long-running man-crush on Jeff Francis, I have a soft spot in my heart for enormous pitchers from British Columbia.

Since then, Mathieson’s had a fascinating career with the Phillies, which came to an end this week when he was granted his release. I felt a strong personal affinity for Mathieson over the years, maybe because he was the Phillies’ sleeper relief ace every year for the past three seasons but never got the chance as the Phillies relied on the likes of Danys Baez and Mike Zagurski to fill the gaps, a sort of proto-Domonic Brown. Nevertheless, for someone who only pitched 44 innings in red pinstripes, he generated a lot of ink before he was traded for a hot dog eater. In that vein, it’s appropriate to remember everyone’s favorite perennial closer-in-waiting and what our own Jay Floyd called his “strange odyssey.”

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